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Facial masks have been in vogue ever since time immemorial. Remember the original beauty queen? Cleopatra. Facial masks made out of natural products, crushed pomegranate seeds for lipstick- the much hyped natural beauty treatment was her forte.

So to follow in her footsteps, we will talk here of some made-at-home facial masks recipes as well as those available in the market. Let us first classify the masks into their types. There are basically three kinds of masks, namely:-

*Mud masks, which aid in oil absorption.

*Hydrating masks, which moisturize dry skin.

*Perfecting masks, which replenish dull skin.

Other two kinds of masks can be:-

Gel masks – These are suitable for all skin types and effectively lift away dead skin which may lead to blackheads, also remove facial hairs.

Cream masks – These are not considered suitable for oily or young skin. They help nurture dry skin cells. There are some masks which exfoliate the skin. But make sure that your mask doesn’t exfoliate if you’ve already incorporated exfoliating in your cleansing routine. In case you are using a face mask directly off the shelf, be certain to follow the instructions carefully. In case you would want to create your own mask at home, we can offer some special ideas. Choosing the right ingredients is important. We can give you a few basics here about:-

*Clay – absorbs extra oils, tightens the skin and stimulates blood circulation; a core constituent of masks that remove grime and lifeless skin.

*Curd, cucumbers, lemon juice and brewer's yeast – balance skin's acid/alkali pH.

The type of mask would basically depend on the skin type. The following skin types can follow different mask recipes:-

Oily skin: Take half a cup of cooked, cold oatmeal with an egg white, half cup of mashed apple and one tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Mix into a paste. Apply to your face and rest for about 10 minutes. Wipe off with a cloth and rinse with lukewarm water.

Dry skin: Mix half a cup of cooked oatmeal with an egg yolk, add to it half a mashed banana and a tablespoon of honey. Let it cool before applying to your face. Keep it on for 15 minutes and then wash off with cool water.

Sensitive skin: Combine a whole egg with half a cup of cooked oatmeal and one tablespoon of almond oil. Apply to your face and rest with closed eyes for ten minutes. Wash with lukewarm water. People with sensitive skin should use a mask only after receiving an ok from their skin care professional. Others with no known allergies or sensitivities can give these home remedies a definite try.

Skin Care provides some excellent helpful tips on skin care. Here you will get an overview to the advantage of natural Skin Care

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